The Birth of the Shakti Peethas in Hinduism

The birth of the Shakti Peethas is actually marked by the death of Shakti herself in the form of Sati. The story of Shiva...

The Extremely Simplified and Modern Ravana

The name Ravana conjures an image of a ten headed villain, cruel and proud, a Rakshasa king who abducts Sita and is finally killed...

Navaratri – The Many Hues and Forms of Dasara in India

Navratri is celebrated in different ways throughout India. The celebrations are as varied as the diverse cultures in the East, West, North and South...

Jataka Tales – The Monkeys and the Ogre (Nalapana-Jataka)

There once was a water-ogre living in a lake within a thick forest.  This particular water-ogre would hide in the lake and would attack...

Origin and spiritual significance Ratha Jatra – Festival of Chariots

Ratha Jatra, the Festival of Chariots of Lord Jagannatha, is celebrated every year in the temple town of Puri, in the east coast state...

Jai Santoshi Ma Worship in India

The Deification of Santoshi Ma Santoshi Ma is a Goddess of recent origin in the Hindu religion. She was formally apotheosized in the 1960s after...

The happening of Kurma Avatar

The Ten Avatar (Dasavatar) of Lord Vishnu are: Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha, Vamana, Parashurama, Rama, Balarama, Krishna, Buddha and Kalki. Kurma Avatar is the 2nd...

The Many Forms and Vahanas of Devi

The vehicles of the gods and goddesses in Hinduism are animal mounts that the gods/goddesses ride.  All the Hindu gods and Hindu goddesses are...

Sita and Mandodari: A character study

The role of women in Hinduism has always been one of strength and divinity. Nowhere does one find stronger female characters than in the...

Many Moods, Many Reasons, Many Interpretations: Celebrating Diwali

Among the Hindu festivals Diwali or Deepavali holds special significance. It is a festival that represents the varying moods and religious philosophies of the...
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